Between 27 May and 3 June every year, Australia celebrates National Reconciliation Week (NRW) which marks two significant milestones in Australia's Reconciliation journey:
- 27 May acknowledges the anniversary of the 1967 referendum where more than 90% of voters gave the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal people, and for Aboriginal people to be recognised in the national census. It was Australia’s most successful referendum.
- 3 June acknowledges the 1992 landmark decision by the High Court of Australia that overturned the legal doctrine of ‘terra nullius’ and led to the creation of the Native Title Act 1993 and subsequent native title regime. The case was led by Torres Strait Islander man, the late Eddie (Koiki) Mabo and his fellow plaintiffs including the late Rev David Passi and the late James Rice.
National Reconciliation Week is an opportunity to celebrate the unique culture and history of Aboriginal people.
National Reconciliation Week 2019
The theme for NRW 2019 is ‘Grounded in Truth: Walk Together with Courage’.
To foster positive race relations, the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the broader Australian community must be grounded in a foundation of truth. Whether engaging in challenging conversations or unlearning and relearning knowledge, this journey requires all of us to walk together with courage.
The South Australian Government produces a Calendar of Events to showcase the variety of government events planned across the state in recognition of National Reconciliation Week.
Download the calendar to find out how you can get involved.